HP MediaSmart EX487

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max.reader

The EX487 has been deactivated on the NewEgg web site. With a note "This item is currently out of stock and it may or may not be restocked." Take a look at the HP MediaSmart EX495 as an alternative.

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neural0

Can we get another recommendation for a media server? This one is not available anymore and its been over a year since this was reviewed... Don't make me add this to my signature also :)

 

I hate the Linksys WRT600N so much I put it in my signature.

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vnsrock

Why are the benchmarks different in the two models? Different hardware or raid?

I thought the only difference was one vs. two hd's installed...

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ColdDeck

After testing the first public beta of WHS I was hooked.  I agree that the HP box could be a little confining so I bought the OEM version and picked up a Gateway 960 rack server at a county auction to install it on.  I found some Acer SATA cages on eBay that allowed me to convert it from SCSI to SATA, using the original drive sleds no less!  I added a PCI-X133 8-port Supermicro SATA2 controller and an adaptec DuoConnect card and some more RAM to bring the total to 2GB.  It's got dual 2.2GHz Xeons in it right now and I plan on maxing the board out with 3GHz chips whenever I have some spare cash.  Right now there are six hard drives in the box totalling just under 2GB and there is another 1GB drive somewhere between NewEgg and here.

In addition to all of the basic WHS functions I have two tuner cards and Beyond TV installed.  It also runs a UT server from time to time.

 The sky's the limit with the OEM version.

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nekollx

i know but HPs custom softwere is what really draws me

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Ayrton

I agree that "gutting the fish" would be more attractive.

 

Perhaps building your Windows Home Server might make a nice article... (ala triple dream machine year)

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roninnder

Are those stones extra, because that could be a deal breaker?

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horzo

Love the hardware, but I'd only buy it if they sold it without an OS. "Windows" and "Server" are two words that should never be used together.

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nekollx

all the HP Enhacments do sound nice but im not to happy with a medial/backup server only have 1.5TB of space. How feesable would it be to gut this fish, put it in a HAF or 1200 and pug in a few more HDDs/SSDs

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jlh304

You still have two open hard drive slots in the unit.  So you could go and buy two 1.5tb drives and add an additional 3tb to the 1.5tb it shipped with.  You can also add one extrenal sata drive and you can also add external usb harddrives.

 The old ex servers could add up to 4 external sata drives, but the new server only lets you do one.  Hardware downgrade.

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nekollx

the problem is for my needs 4.5 TB isn't enough

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jlh304

Don't forget about external add ons.  I have 16tb running on my server dishing out video goodness.  4 inside hard drives, 4 esata, and 8 usb hard drives.

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mls067

wow, I have hard drive envy..lol

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jlh304

:) yeah it was cheaper than buying a kaleidoscope.

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mls067

that's a tough decision to make though ;-)

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mls067

I really want one of these. I beta tested this with power pack1 on a home built server and I absolutly loved it. I was actually sad when the license expired. After reading a few reviews of HP's server, I am sold. Now I just need to find that coffee can I buried with the money in it.